Saturday, 19 June 2010

Time Travel

Okaasan's grip on time, day, month is in a rough patch at the moment.

The slate of festivals in Sapporo recently had her thinking it must be September - because apparently in Saitama festivals are in autumn. She was surprised to hear it was only June.

Then there's the hula dance and the Monday/Wednesday ongoing confusions.

And time of day - she is sleeping a lot daytime and then when we appear home late afternoon she is active...and then awake in the middle of the night.

Of course our schedule doesn't help her! We went to bed at 9 pm last night to get up at 3 am to drive downtown to a sports bar with SKY Tv for the soccer. Okaasan was watching TV at 3 am and saw us washing our faces in the bathroom...she got up and turned the light off in her room, actually switched off the Tv and lay down - I guess she thought it was Time to Go to Bed!

She didn't eat dinner with us again last night. She said she'd been asleep all day - which wasn't completly true since I found two not-so fresh scallops in a plastic bag on the table and other assorted food packaging that she'd bought sometime in the afternoon.
I called her for dinner at 7 pm, she got to the table...but looked at the food and us and thought the better of it. I must make sure to wake her up about 20 minutes BEFORE dinner, so she is more likely to want to eat. Nobody feels great just  after waking from a  doze.

*  Good news on the Kawagoe booklets: I emailed Tokyo International University English Project people and they are going to send me MORE booklets....I think they will be so useful for taking Okaasan back to a time she feels happier in...Kawagoe 1930 - 1950.

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